My husband gifted me with a trip to Napa, California. I've mentioned this in a couple of previous blog entries.
It was wondrous. I learned that California weather is an odd duck. The two days while I was there with him, the day time temps were between 65-70; and the nights dipped into the 30s! I could handle the 30s. I'm from the East Coast.
Our time was short, due to work and family responsibilities, so he had a plan. He researched for almost two months before we went out. So in two days we visited ten wineries. Yes, I tried wines I never had dreamed of tasting and some that were not to my liking.
I learned how the taste of a wine can change after eating certain foods. Then made an observation to my husband after a wine tasting along with a specially prepared luncheon, "One should not just sit down and order a bottle of wine. One should order their meal, then chose a wine that will be enhanced by the food ordered."
For instance, the butter flavors of a Chardonnay mellowed after eating seared tuna. I had always refused to even taste tuna prepared this way. Why? Would you eat raw fish? I did, but because I felt obligated to try it. I found I liked it. But keep in mind it was served with greens and light dressing.
Will I try it again, perhaps. Perhaps not. Have you tried something new as of late?